City of Providence, RI

09/28/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/28/2021 08:03

City of Providence Announces Mask Mandate in Municipal Buildings

City of Providence Employees Required to be Fully Vaccinated by October 1

Monday, August 16, 2021

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced that beginning Tuesday, August 17, all members of the public, including city staff and visitors, will be required to use a face mask in all municipal buildings. Additionally, City of Providence employees will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 1, 2021. According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine. Employees who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will be required to submit weekly negative COVID-19 test results.

"In light of the delta variant and increased spread of COVID-19 in Providence, today we are announcing a measured approach that prioritizes the health and safety of our residents and employees," said Mayor Jorge Elorza. "It is important now more than ever that everyone wear their masks, watch their distance and sign up to receive their COVID-19 vaccine."

In addition to face masks, hand sanitizer will be always available throughout City buildings. Social distancing measures such as traffic flow indicators, plexiglass barriers and separate entrances and exits have been identified at each building, as informed by recommended best practices. Residents should continue to use remote and online city services as much as possible to limit exposure when possible.

The Mayor's Center for City Services continues to book vaccine appointments in English of Spanish for Providence residents who need assistance or do not have access to a computer. For support booking an appointment, residents are encouraged to dial 3-1-1 or (401)-421-CITY.

For more information on COVID-19 and best practices you can share, residents can visit the City of Providence's COVID-19 website. For updates regarding the City's vaccination efforts, all residents are encouraged to visit the VaccinatePVD website or contact the Mayor's Center for City Services at City Hall by dialing 3-1-1 or by downloading the PVD311 mobile application now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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